The best that the Championship has to offer
It should go without saying but it seems worth re-enforcing that it would be difficult for any casual viewer to see every Football League team in action over the course of a season. Of the three divisions, the Championship certainly receives the most coverage but even this can be a devil to keep track of.
Things are made even trickier these days given the revolving door of short-term loan signings that pervade the second tier. So, every now and then, it is worth trying to gauge opinion among fans by carrying out exercises like this. This may serve little purpose in the wider scheme of things but it does help guide this site as it tries to cover the Football League to the largest extent possible without knowing the intricacies of everyday life at each of the clubs that participate.
This is a flight of fancy that attempts to form a squad of 24 players, each drawn from a different Championship club. If anybody would like to take a stab at providing a version for League One or League Two, please get in touch via email.
And if you don’t agree with the selections below, make sure you have a rant in the Comments section and feel free to put forward your suggested changes or even an entirely different squad from scratch!
Please note — no loan signings have been considered for inclusion.
In the interests of debate, a first XI has also been chosen (in bold) – although there is a distinct lack of wide players! The most difficult choice here was certainly the two centre-forward positions.
David James (Bristol City)
Keiren Westwood (Coventry City)
Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
Stephen Foster (Barnsley)
Clarke Carlisle (Burnley)
James Bailey (Derby County)
Gareth McAuley (Ipswich Town)
Wes Morgan (Nottingham Forest)
Sean St Ledger (Preston North End)
Chris Morgan (Sheffield United)
Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers)
Cameron Stewart (Hull City)
Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United)
Andy King (Leicester City)
Barry Robson (Middlesbrough)
Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth)
Adel Taarabt (Queen’s Park Rangers)
Josh Wright (Scunthorpe United)
Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff City)
Steve Morison (Millwall)
Grant Holt (Norwich City)
Shane Long (Reading)
Danny Graham (Watford)
If we ignore the oversight that initially saw two Reading players selected and none from Preston North End (!), the final team is listed above.
Your suggested changes to the first XI:
- Julian Speroni instead of Keiren Westwood
Your suggested changes to the squad:
- John Brayford instead of James Bailey (both Derby County defenders)
- James Coppinger instead of Brian Stock (both Doncaster Rovers midfielders)
- Richie Wellens instead of Andy King (both Leicester City midfielders)
- Chris Gunter or Luke Chambers instead of Wes Morgan (all Nottingham Forest defenders)
Your suggested additions:
- Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest)
- Kasper Schmeichel (Leeds United)
- Chris Eagles (Burnley)
- Jimmy Kebe (Reading)
- Luciano Becchio (Leeds United)
- Davide Somma (Leeds United)